It looks like the locals at the Lewes Arms in Sussex have won.
Adam Collett, marketing director for Greene King’s managed pubs, acknowledged his company had â€œunderestimated the strength of feeling which led to many locals boycotting what was once a great British pub. As a result, it has lost some of its character and greatness.â€
The decision to remove the beer is still subject to internal review, but there’s little doubt how it will turn out.
A local campaign to get the ale back in the pub, which included a boycott of the pub itself, attracted national newspaper headlines and airtime on radio and TV.